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Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: will we see a PC release?

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When will Red Dead Redemption 2 release on PC? If you’re still waiting for the PC release to sample Rockstar’s incredible open-world Western game, even another few months might seem too much – but we have reason to believe that Red Dead 2 could still get a PC port within 2019.And not too soon, either. Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on console back in October 2018, and despite enjoying a huge amount of critical acclaim, as well as launching a Red Dead Online component to keep players coming back for more – not that the epic-sized single-player campaign wasn’t enough – you can still only play the game on Xbox One and PS4. While that’s not exactly a restrictive release, committed PC players have been left twiddling their thumbs in the vague hope of a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port coming down the line.
Red Dead Online: latest news, updates and multiplayer featuresPlayers hungry for a high-spec or 4K experience can opt to play the game on the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, but there’s nothing quite like a souped-up PC rig to bring out the finer details and see what Rockstar’s game engine can really do.So if you don’t have a console from Sony or Microsoft, what are your prospects for getting Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC any time soon? We’ve run through all the latest rumors pointing to a PC release, and made our best guess as to when we’d expect it to land.And no, before you ask – there’s little chance you’ll get a game as big as Red Dead 2 on Nintendo Switch, even if The Witcher 3 somehow got crammed on there.
Will we see Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC?

Rumors kicked off in mid-October last year about a possible Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release, after the online retailer MediaMarkt listed a PC version of the game on its website, with a placeholder date of December 31, 2019. The listing was promptly pulled and that date came and went without any news of a PC release.Things heated up again after a LinkedIn profile for a Rockstar employee appeared to list credits as a programmer on the PC version of the game – though this, again, was amended after the media attention that it attracted.

The firmest clues we have appeared when Rockstar released a mobile / tablet companion app alongside the new Red Dead game, mainly as a hub for viewing in-game stats, journal entries, and map locations.Some savvy data-mining, though, contained references to PC-quality graphics settings – shadow quality, grass rendering, and the like – as well as lines explicitly naming PC, such as ‘PARAM_companionAutoConnectIpPC’ or ‘CommandIsPcVersion(void)’. You can see the full list on Rockstar Intel.There was also a reference to ‘Oculus’, which can only really refer to VR capability for the game. Given the option to play the entire game in an immersive first-person perspective, virtual reality would be a natural fit – and Red Dead 2 VR would be most at home on a dedicated Oculus or PC-bound headset.However, things quietened down after that and there’s been little news on Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC – until recently. Spotted by Twitter user JakoMako51 (via PCGamer),  there is a line in the Rockstar Social Club’s source code that mentions “RDR2_PC_Accomplishments”. Check out the tweet below:
It may be a single line of code but, paired with previous PC rumors, it ignites hope that Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC could still be on the way.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release date
Red Dead Redemption 2: ripe for VR? (Image credit: Rockstar Games)So when could we see Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC? At this point Rockstar could make an announcement at any time, but it’s worth noting that the studio seems to be focusing on Red Dead Online, so news on Red Dead 2 on PC could be a while off. While 2010’s Red Dead Redemption never came to PC, previous Rockstar games like GTA IV or GTA V both took around six months to make the jump to PC after their initial console launch. So that means we could have been looking at an April/May 2019 launch date this time around, but we’ve now missed that window.That said, as we come up to the one-year anniversary of the launch on consoles, it could be the perfect time to announce the PC version.Given the scale of the the open-world game, it’s not wholly surprising for a PC port to follow a few months after – it takes a lot of work to get the game running on different systems. But the longer PC gamers have to wait, the less likely they are to maintain their anticipation.
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